MotoGP »

US MotoGP: Bradl pulls a fast one for first MotoGP pole

Stefan Bradl takes pole position for the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca, Marc Marquez falls.
Stefan Bradl snatched his first ever MotoGP pole by rocketing from sixth to first in the final minute of US GP qualifying at Laguna Seca.

The Honda LCR rider toppled Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez by just 0.017s.

Rookie title leader Marquez, quickest in practice, was unable to defend his provisional pole after a lowside fall at Turn 5 in the closing minutes.

Alvaro Bautista completed a great day for Honda in third for Gresini (+0.197s), with Valentino Rossi the lead Yamaha in fourth (+0.242s).

Rossi will be joined on row two by fellow M1 riders Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo.

A frustrated Crutchlow (+0.244s) suffered technical problems with his Tech 3 Yamaha and only set a lap time in the closing minutes. Lorenzo claimed a commendable sixth place, given his collarbone injuries - and was unlucky not to be ranked higher, lapping just 0.277s from pole and 0.080s from Bautista.

Fellow injured title contender Dani Pedrosa will start from seventh on his Repsol Honda (+0.552s), alongside Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso (+0.850s) and Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith (0.899s).

Pedrosa trails team-mate Marquez by just two points with Lorenzo eleven points from the top. Pedrosa has a cracked collarbone, while Lorenzo broke his collarbone at Assen, then needed the plate replaced after further damage last weekend in Germany.

Nicky Hayden will begin his final US GP for Ducati from tenth place, with Aleix Espargaro again the leading CRT in eleventh. Espargaro's Aspar team-mate Randy de Puniet joined Pedrosa in reaching Q2 via the Q1 session, but fell before he could record a time and will thus start twelfth.

Avintia's Hector Barbera and Pramac Ducati stand-in Alex de Angelis were the quickest of those not to progress to Q2, putting them 13th and 14th on the grid.

American Blake Young, due to making his second wild-card appearance of the year with Attack Performance Racing, has withdrawn due to heavy bike damage in a Friday fall.

Qualifying 2:
1. Stefan Bradl
2. Marc Marquez
3. Alvaro Bautista
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Jorge Lorenzo
7. Dani Pedrosa
8. Andrea Dovizioso
9. Bradley Smith
10. Nicky Hayden
11. Aleix Espargaro
12. Randy De Puniet

Be there! CLICK HERE to see ticket prices for the remaining rounds of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship from the Official MotoGP Ticket Store.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Bradl, U.S.MotoGP 2013
Bradl, U.S.MotoGP 2013
Movistar Yamaha bikes at Brno test (Pic: Yamaha).
Marc Marquez tests 2015 Honda (pic: Repsol Honda)
Crutchlow crash, Czech MotoGP 2014
Crutchlow crash, Czech MotoGP 2014
Crutchlow crash, Czech MotoGP 2014
Crutchlow crash, Czech MotoGP 2014
Crutchlow crash, Czech MotoGP 2014
Crutchlow crash, Czech MotoGP 2014
Alex Marquez, Moto3 race, Czech MotoGP 2014
Alex Marquez, Moto3 race, Czech MotoGP 2014
Alex Marquez, Moto3 race, Czech MotoGP 2014
Alex Marquez, Moto3 race, Czech MotoGP 2014
Louis Rossi, Moto2 race, Czech MotoGP 2014
Louis Rossi, Moto2 race, Czech MotoGP 2014
Louis Rossi, Moto2 race, Czech MotoGP 2014
Louis Rossi, Moto2 race, Czech MotoGP 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.